Hotel des Mille Collines

Hotel des Mille Collines: Our full report

Rooms
112 rooms
Traveller's rating
Good (81%) From 35 reviews
Children
Best for 8+
Open
All year

Set within large gardens in the heart of Kigali, the four-star Hotel des Mille Collines in the feature film, Hotel Rwanda. As in the film, the hotel attracts a distinctly business clientele to its 112 rooms, but its location also makes it a good base from which to explore the Rwandan capital.

Walking into the Mille Colline’s reception area, you feel as if you are in a chic international hotel. Stylish monochrome sofas are backed by designer wallpaper, colourful artwork and beautiful views over the gardens. From this modern interior, guests would hardly believe the role that the hotel played during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, as 1,268 people took refuge within its walls.

The Mille Collines' 112 spacious rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable, without being luxurious. All have private bathrooms, satellite televisions, PC hook-ups and most other standard hotel amenities, but on our most recent visit in May 2017 we felt that they appeared a little dated and bland; quite a contrast to the smart foyer.

Outside, overlooking the city, the hotel’s beautiful gardens feature a large swimming pool surrounded by an extensive patio set with sunloungers. In the adjacent small spa you can enjoy a massage: perhaps one using traditional wooded clubs called rungus to soothe aching muscles.

The bars and restaurants at the Hotel des Mille Collines cover many options:

  • La Terrasse, as its name suggests, is set on a large terrace from where you can see the gardens and pool beyond. Buffets at breakfast, lunch and dinner feature a wide range of hot and cold dishes.

  • Le Panorama opens every evening and offers a ‘gourmet’ dining experience. It is particularly pretty at night with the large windows giving panoramic views over the twinkling lights of Kigali.

  • The Legacy Lounge is a sophisticated bar serving a range of drinks and cocktails. Come here on a Friday or Saturday evening and you can enjoy live jazz music.

  • Lieu de Vie is a relaxed pool bar serving up a range of tasty snacks and drinks, and known for some of the best kebabs in Kigali (though sadly we cannot confirm that!).
Other facilities include a small gym, a curio shop selling locally produced crafts, and a couple of conference rooms catering for up to 80 people.

Since Kigali lies in the centre of Rwanda, and is at the hub of the country’s road network, an extended visit to the country could well involve an overnight stay here. If time allows, we highly recommend a visit to the city’s new and insightful Genocide Museum. Not only does it detail the history of Rwanda's genocide, but it also documents the history of genocide around the world, resulting in a very moving experience.

Our view

The Hotel des Mille Collines is a relatively standard, slightly anonymous, international hotel. Efforts have clearly been made to keep it up to date, although we felt that the rooms could benefit from refurbishment. We wouldn’t always mention a hotel like this for our travellers, but it offers standards of comfort that are relatively uncommon in hotels elsewhere in Rwanda, so is worth consideration for an overnight stop.

Geographics

Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Ideal length of stay: We recommend spending one or two nights here in order to explore Kigali.

Directions: The Mille Collines is in the center of Kigali, about 6 km from the international airport.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: B&B

Food quality: Meals at La Terrasse are normally served as a buffet style, with a range of hot and cold dishes, but it is also possible to order from an à la carte menu.

On our last visit, in May 2017, breakfast was a selection of fresh fruit, cereals and breads, along with various hot dishes and the option of eggs cooked to order.

For lunch we tucked in to a plate of fish in a lightly curried sauce accompanied by rice and fresh vegetables. For dessert we opted for a fruit salad, rather than the alternatives, which included a rich chocolate cake.

We did not eat dinner during our visit, but guests may either enjoy an evening buffet at La Terrasse or – for something a little more formal – an à la carte meal at Le Panorama.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £15-20

Drinks included: Bottled water is provided in the rooms. Alcoholic drinks cost around 3,000 Rwandan francs (USS$1.20) for a beer and around 4,000 Rwandan francs (US$1.60) for a glass of wine.

Further dining info: 24-hour room service is available.

Children

Attitude towards children: Children are welcome at the Hotel des Mille Collines.

Property’s age restrictions: None

Special activities & services: None

Equipment: Highchairs and cots are available on request.

Notes: We recommend that children are supervised when using the pool.

Infrastructure

Power supply: Mains Electricity

Communications: WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

TV & radio: There are DSTVs in all rooms.

Water supply: Mains

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Medical care: Staff are first-aid trained. There is also a large hospital in Kigali.

Dangerous animals: Low Risk

Security measures: There is 24 hour security around the hotel.

Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in all areas.

Extras

Disabled access: In Place

Laundry facilities: Laundry is at an extra cost of around 2,000 Rwandan francs (US$0.80) per item.

Money: There are electronic safes in all rooms.

Accepted payment on location: The Hotel des Mille Collines accepts all major currencies including US dollars, GB pounds and euros. Major credit cards are accepted, including Mastercard and Visa.

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